Are you wondering about applying a 10 10 10 fertilizer in your garden? Did you know that there are certain things that you need to do before you start using it? Get to know how to use a 10 10 10 fertilizer by reading the information below.
One of the best ways to ensure that you are providing your grass with the right nutrients is by fertilizing it. This will also ensure that your grass will stimulate growth greener and healthier.
For people who don't know, a 10 10 10 fertilizer is consists of 10 percent nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium, which are known to be the three nutrients that are essential for the grass.
This type of fertilizer comes in both slow release and water soluble forms. The slow release is more popular can provide a supply of nutrients that is steady and for an extended period to reduce the risk of burns.
Here are some tips on how to apply a 10 10 10 Fertilizer for your garden to reap the benefits:
The first thing that you need to do is to collect some grass from your lawn and have it delivered to the office in your local county to help determine if what you have is a warm or cool season variety.
Warm varieties should be fertilized in the spring twice and twice again during the fall season. You need to apply the first one once the new grass starts to begin growing, while the second should be used 30 days after.
The second one should be used during the fall after the grass grows during the summer and the second should be implemented after 30 days.
For cooler varieties, you can start fertilizing them once during the spring season once the new growth starts and twice during the fall season when the temperature starts to cool down.
The next thing that you need to do is to make sure that you are mowing your lawn 3 days before you start applying the fertilizer. To help moisten your soil, you can start watering the grass 1 to 3 days before the fertilizer application. Remember to let the blades of the lawn to completely dry.
Start applying the 10 10 10 fertilizer at a 10 pounds rate per 1,000 square feet. This will help you to provide your lawn with a pound of nitrogen and make sure never to exceed 10 pounds.
You can place your fertilizer spreader over a hard surface, driveway, or a sidewalk. You need to make sure that you have already calibrated the spread to a 10 pounds rate per 1,000 square feet.
Once done, you can start measuring half of the fertilizer needed and pour it in the spreader.
Start walking across your lawn in the south to north rows while you are broadcasting the fertilizer using the spreader.
You need to make sure that you are turning off the spreader at the row’s end part before turning around to do another pass. This will help you avoid fertilizer the edges of the lawn more.
Once you start walking forward, turn your fertilizer spreader on so you can start the process again.
Once you have consumed all of the fertilizer in the spreader, the next thing that you need to do is to carefully park the spreader on a driveway or any surface that is hard.
This will help you to put the remaining fertilizer in your spreader. After refilling it, you can start walking again but in rows of the west to east.
After you are done fertilizing your lawn, the next thing that you need to do is to use a garden hose and apply a sprinkler head on it.
You need to position the hose with the sprinkler in the middle of your lawn as this will make sure that it will help reach the entire area of your lawn. To help settle the fertilizer to settle, you need to water your lawn 3 inches depth.
You can also start cultivating your soil using a tiller or a cultivator to ensure that the fertilizer will be available to the roots of your plants. This will also help in accelerating the absorption of the fertilizer.
You also don’t have to worry when it suddenly starts to rain because the granules of your fertilizer won’t be washed away.
Of course, after applying the fertilizer, you also need to take good care of your tools. The reason behind this is because you need them to remain in good shape the next time you start applying fertilizer on your lawn.
Here are a few tips to take note of:
After using all of the equipment included the spreader. You need to clean them thoroughly. The reason behind this is because the fertilizer’s chemicals are known to be corrosive and can damage the metal parts in your tools if you don’t remove it thoroughly.
Once you are done the cleaning, the next thing that you need to do is to start saving them. You need to make sure that they are stored in a place that is dry.
Every once in awhile, you need to lubricate the tools that you have for them to avoid rusting. You need to make sure that they are well maintained so that you can use them over and over again.
Always remember that it can be expensive to purchase another set of tools to apply your fertilizer, so taking good care of your current tools is ideal.
These are all the information that you need when it comes to applying the 10 10 10 fertilizer and how you can maintain your tools in good shape.
I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.
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